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Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Micheline Ishay, Professor

Josef Korbel School of International Studies Professor Micheline IshayEmail: [email protected]

Phone: 303-871-2313

Office: 3028 Sie International Relations Complex
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208


  • PhD, Rutgers University
  • MA, Rutgers University

Research and Expertise

International relations, human rights, political theory, history, methodology, sociology, comparative politics, U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics.

Professional Profile

  • Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver; University of Denver Distinguished Scholar (2008), Director of the International Human Rights Program (1992-2010), Executive Director of the Center on Rights Development (CORD) (1993-1999)
  • Visiting Professor, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2010-2012, and Spring 2013)
  • Center for Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland (2004)
  • Assistant Professor,  Hobart and William Smith College (1990-1992)

Recent Publications

Ishay, M. (Forthcoming, Yale University Press). The Levant Express: The Arab Uprising and the Future of Human Rights.

Ishay, M. (2003, 2008). The Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays, Speeches and Documents from Ancient Times to the Present, (2nd Edition).  NY: Routledge Press.

  • Translated into Portuguese (Brazil), Vietnamese, Macedonian. 

Ishay, M. (2004, 2008). The History of Human Rights, from Ancient Times to the Globalization Era, (2nd Edition). Berkeley, CA: The University of California Press. 

  • Translated into: Korean (2006); Japanese (2008); Greek (2008); Hindi (2008); Urdu (2008)
  • Ranked by The Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the ten top non-fiction books of 2004

Dahbour, O. & Ishay, M. Eds. (1995, 1999). The Nationalism Reader. Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Humanities Press International (Reprinted by Prometheus Press, 1999). 

Ishay, M. (2014). What killed Egyptian democracy? Lessons from a failed Revolution. Response to Mohamed Fadel. Boston Review, Jan/Feb.

Ishay, M. (2013). Promoting human rights in the era of globalization. In James, P. (ed.) Globalization and Politics. Sage Publication.

Ishay, M. (2013). The role of interdisciplinary approaches to human rights. In Rodley, Nigel and Scott, S. (eds.) Handbook of International Human Rights Law. UK: Francis Taylor.

Ishay, M. (2013). The spring of Arab nations? Paths toward democratic transition. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 39, 373-383.

Ishay, M. (2011). Globalization, religion, and nationalism in Israel and Palestine. In Sisk, T. (ed.). Between Terror and Tolerance: Religious Leaders, Conflict, and Peacemaking. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press.

Ishay, M. (2011). Critical history and the history of human rights.  In Thompson, M. (ed.). Rational Radicalism and Political Theory: Essays in Honor of Stephen Eric Bronner. 

Ishay, M. (2010). The sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Exploring the past, anticipating the future. Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems, 19(2).

Ishay, M. (2010).  On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Globalization and Human Rights.


  • INTS 4940: Introduction to Human Rights
  • INTS 4942: Human Rights in a Globalized World
  • INTS 4010: Epistemology
  • INTS 4822: Contemporary Political Theory
  • INTS 5895: Prospectus Workshop
  • INTS 4456: Empire and Human Rights
  • INTS 4502: Comparative Revolutions
  • INTS 4947: Human Rights and Security
  • INTS 4030: Critical Theory
  • INTS 4710: Topics: Human Rights in the Middle East